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Quick Freshes are our regular Sunday notes on the homeschool week ahead. Pick one or two (or more) of the items below each week and use them to enrich your homeschooling schedule! Visit our River Houses calendar page (riverhouses.org/calendars) and print your own homeschool calendars for the entire year.
🇺🇸 OUR STATE-OF-THE-WEEK is Massachusetts, and our COUNTRIES are Bolivia 🇧🇴, Bosnia and Herzegovina 🇧🇦, Botswana 🇧🇼, and Brazil 🇧🇷. (Our separate Sunday States & Countries post for the week went up just a few minutes ago.)
🌔 THE MOON at the beginning of this week is gibbous and waxing, heading toward full on the 13th. You can explore the night sky and the features of the moon in your recommended backyard astronomy guide and your homeschool world atlas, and you can learn many more stellar and lunar facts on pages 342–357 in your almanac (riverhouses.org/books).
🗓 TODAY (Sunday, 6 October 2019) — Today is the 279th day of 2019; there are 86 days remaining in the year. Learn more about different kinds of modern and historical calendars on pages 358–364 in your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books). 📚 Today is also the birthday of the Norwegian explorer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl (1914–2002). 🌊
Monday (7 October 2019) — Today is the birthday of the early American choral composer William Billings (1746–1800). 🎶 And the great Danish physicist and Nobel laureate Niels Bohr was born on this day in 1885. ⚛️
Tuesday (8 October 2019) — On this day in 1956, New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen threw the only perfect game in World Series history. ⚾️ Our homeschool poem-of-the-week for the second week of October is Emily Dickinson’s “God made a little Gentian,” for all late-bloomers. 🥀 Print your own River Houses Poetry Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year. 🖋
Wednesday (9 October 2019) — “Kepler’s Supernova” was first seen on this day in 1604. The brightest Milky Way supernova in modern times, it was visible during daylight hours for three weeks. 🌟 Today is also the birthday of American businessman Charles Rudolph Walgreen (1873–1939), founder of the nationwide Walgreens pharmacy chain. 🛒
Thursday (10 October 2019) — Today is the birthday of the great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901). 🎼 And on this day in 1845 in Annapolis, Maryland, the United States Naval Academy opened with 50 students and seven professors. ⚓️
Friday (11 October 2019) — And speaking of the navy, on this day in 1776, American naval forces on Lake Champlain under the command of Benedict Arnold were defeated by the British in the Battle of Valcour Island. ⚔️ Although it was an American loss, the Battle of Valcour Island successfully delayed the British advance down the Hudson–Champlain corridor for nearly a year and may have saved the cause of the Revolution. 🇺🇸 Our Friday Bird Families post this week will introduce you to a familiar worldwide group, the Pigeons and Doves. Print your own River Houses Calendar of American Birds (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us throughout the year. 🕊
Saturday (12 October 2019) — The great Athenian orator Demosthenes died on this day in 322 B.C. 🏛 Today is the birthday of the great English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958). 🎵 And since this is the second Saturday of the month, we’ll introduce you to another one of the Great Stars of the northern hemisphere night sky. This month: Alpheratz, the brightest star in the constellation Andromeda. 🌟
Sunday (13 October 2019) — One of the most beautiful objects in the universe, the Whirlpool Galaxy, was discovered on this day in 1773 by French astronomer Charles Messier. 🔭 The cornerstone of the White House in Washington, D.C., was laid on this day in 1792. 🇺🇸 And, there’s a full moon tonight, so that means we’ll have a report on student research opportunities from the River Houses Lunar Society (riverhouses.org/lunar). 🌕
🥂 OUR WEEKLY TOAST: “To a full belly, a heavy purse, and a light heart.”
❡ Toasts can be a fun educational tradition for your family table. We offer one each week — you can take it up, or make up one of your own (“To North American dinosaurs!”), or invite a different person to come up with one for each meal (“To variety in toasting!”). Our current set of toasts are mostly taken from an old anthology called The Perfect Gentleman; or, Etiquette and Eloquence (New York, 1860). What will you toast this week? 🥂
🌎 EVERYTHING FLOWS: Bolivia is one of our countries-of-the-week, so our Weekly World River is the Yata River (Río Yata), which known for its flesh-eating piranhas. 🐟🐟🐟 You can chart its course in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books), and you can read more about it in the Yata River entry in Wikipedia or perhaps on your next visit to your local library.
❡ Let the river run: Why not do a homeschool study of world rivers over the course of the year? Take the one we select each week (above), or start with the river lists in your almanac (pages 691–693), and make it a project to look them all up in your atlas, or in a handy encyclopedia either online or on a weekly visit to your local library. A whole world of geographical learning awaits you. 🌎
AND DON’T FORGET: Friday the 13th comes on a Sunday this month! 🙀
What do you have planned for your homeschool this week? 😊
❡ Lively springs: This is one of our regular “Quick Freshes” posts looking at the homeschool week ahead. Add your name to our River Houses mailing list (riverhouses.org/newsletter) and get these weekly messages delivered right to your mailbox all through the year. You can also print your own River Houses calendars of educational events (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us. 🗓